Sunday Bookends: One book at a time, sunny days, and writing a new type of book

It’s time for our Sunday morning chat. On Sundays, I ramble about what’s been going on, what I and the rest of the family have been reading and watching, and what I’ve been writing, and some weeks I share what I am listening to.

What’s Been Occurring

There is still a lot going on in our family with – well, everything.

There are new diagnoses, surgeries planned, family members very ill, deaths of family friends. To say this year has been a beast for us so far is an understatement. I’d list all that has been going on here, but I don’t want to depress everyone more than I have to. So instead I will point you to yesterday’s post where I talked about some fun things we did this past week and where I shared some photos of my youngest running in the yard with her best friend, Zooma the Wonderdog.

I’ll even share a couple photos here:

Sometimes you have to choose joy and look for it a little harder than other times.

What I/we’ve been Reading

Most of this week I’ve been reading The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell by Lilian Jackson Braun.

That’s it. It’s just been relaxing and I haven’t had time to juggle two books. With all the family stuff going on, homeschooling, working on a new book and just being unable to really think much or too fast.

Later in the week, though, I started listening to The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien on Audible. The Boy and I are reading that together for English.

This week I hope to finish The Cat Who book and continue a Longmire book I started.

At night Little Miss and I are reading Paddington books again. Early in the week, she read a few pages of one to me.

During the week we are reading fiction books based on The Imagination Station from Adventures in Odyssey, which is a Focus on the Family creation.

The Boy is reading The Fellowship of the Ring.

The Husband is reading …oops. Forgot to ask him before he went to bed and he’s going to be gone today so I’ll catch up with what he is reading later in the week or next week.

What We watched/are Watching

This week we watched a couple episodes of Grantchester and an episode of Foyle’s War. I started to rewatch Death Comes to Pemberly, which is a story that extends the story of Lizzie Bennet and Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. It is a reimagining, I guess you would say. There is a murder on the Darcy estate involving the dastardly Mr. Wickham. It is a four-part mini-series.

I also half-watched an episode of All Creatures Great and Small that was a bit emotional and too much for me. I will probably rewatch it and the next episode later this week.

What I’m Writing

I’ve been working on a cozy mystery that I’ll share a bit about later. I was able to write a couple thousand words on it this week, which was a nice distraction from life right now.

This week on the blog I shared:

What I’m Listening To

I need to listen to more music because it helps to calm my nerves.

Matthew West has a new album out and this is one of the new songs:

I also need to listen to this song a lot this week:

Now it’s your turn. What have you been doing, watching, reading, listening to or writing? Let me know in the comments or leave a blog post link if you also write a weekly update like this.

8 thoughts on “Sunday Bookends: One book at a time, sunny days, and writing a new type of book

  1. Oh yes. There is just so much heartache it seems. But one bright spot is that my brother came home from the hospital today. My nephew felt that rehab would be too hard on him, and since he lives with him, the hospital released him into his care. Covid negative now thank God. But with oxygen, inhalers, and a nebulizer, hopefully he can recoup a little better at home. You and your f


  2. One of my dearest friends has had some life-changing medical issues and I learned last week she just had a stroke on top of everything else. Sometimes, it’s just too. much. But then I think that’s when we need to draw closer to God and lean on him more than ever. So there’s that. My two cents worth. I’ve been reading some library books in between preparation for a new Bible study I’m hosting in my home. I was dismayed however to read one book which was about a 12-year-old girl’s life and experience of having a first crush in the early 1960’s only to have the f-bomb dropped into it. Really? I don’t believe that a 12-year-old child in that part of the decade went around saying that word. Please. Stop. Anyway, after I ditched that one – too bad because it actually was well written and a good read until that word – I began reading a historical novel by Alison Weir, The Last White Rose: A Novel of Elizabeth of York. Weir has written a series of novels about queens in English history and I have enjoyed all the ones I’ve read.

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  3. I know what you mean about not wanting to depress anyone but writers will write and sometimes the pain of what you see needs to come out someway.

    We also lost a couple people in our circle who suddenly passed away, and there have been strokes too. We have also lost friends because we didn’t get in the same lines they did when it came to life choices…they choose to no longer really communicate with us.

    That is heartbreaking and hard not to show when we do our posts. I have a whole rant on sugar because I was upset one day. I decided to post tomorrow. Best to share beauty and not tragedy…everyone out there is living tragedies anyway.

    I’m back to photos for my craft book (bucket list goal of mine) and I started reading a book called Opal a YA christian romance book I believe. My aunt gave it to me. She told me she only reads Christian romances, historical are her favorites. She is in her late 70’s.

    I’m also coloring more, adult coloring pages, in the evenings to wind down some. One book is called Anxiety relief coloring book for adults. The library was giving them out free over the summer. You can buy it online I believe, it sells for $8.99.

    I always enjoy reading your updates. Thanks for sharing and you and your family have a great week. Stay safe and God bless you all.


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